With 14 large windows needing to be replaced the church entered the National Trust’s ‘This Place Matters’ competition with a project called ‘Windows into the Future.’
“We got a major donation Monday and have $85,350 now,” said Eleanor Norrie, spokesperson for the project, on Tuesday. “It’s very exciting and we’re holding our breath that we can stay in the lead until Monday (when voting ends).”
First United Church’s project is in the big project category, and the effort that is the most successful in fundraising is eligible to win $60,000 from the National Trust.
People can donate money online or they can vote with no cost involved, and the project with the most non-money votes wins $10,000. The church is currently in second place with these votes. There is a total of $220,000 in prizes to be won.
“If anybody hasn’t voted I urge them to register to vote, and if they have voted, remember to vote every 24 hours,” said Norrie.
“This is an iconic structure in our heritage district that’s been there for 100 years. It’s the centre of all of the heritage buildings and it not only a place of worship, but an important place to the arts and culture community.”
The church has 14 large windows (20’ by 8’) that are temporarily braced and need to be replaced to prevent the building from being condemned. They have to be custom made to retain the style and each one will cost at least $25,000.
To vote for the church’s window project go to https://thisplacematters.ca